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James Jerome Chandler, 83, formerly of Ottawa, passed away Dec. 5, 2012.

Funeral services are planned for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Ottawa. Friends may pay their respects to Mr. Chandler from 1 p.m. Tuesday to the service hour at Dengel & Son Mortuary, where the family will meet with friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

James (Jim) was born Aug. 3, 1929, in Lamar, Colo., and spent his childhood in Lyons, with his beloved parents, brothers and sister.

Jim was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Kansas State University, and after obtaining a business degree, he served his country as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves. Following in his family’s footsteps, he enjoyed, and truly loved, a long and rewarding career as a banker at the First National Bank of Ottawa.

He was predeceased by his father, William Woods Chandler; mother, Thelma Gillespie Chandler; brothers, William Woods Chandler Jr. and Albert Arthur Chandler; sister, Alice Catherine Sabatini; his first wife, Judith Rombold; daughter, Mary Thelma Pacheco; granddaughter, Ivy Pacheco; his second wife, Gwendola Ann Pederson; and sisters-in-law, Deloris Davidson and Tomalea Pederson.

Survivors include his children, Christine and spouse, Chuck Zeugner, James and spouse, Shelagh; sisters-in-law, Geneva Chandler, Wanda Pederson, Joyce Salsbury, Inger Showalter and Shirley Rombold; brothers-in-law, Frank Sabatini and Pete Rombold; his grandchildren, Chloe Lamberson, Ben Rivera and Trevor Pacheco; along with numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Jim never met a stranger. He loved his community and supported many local organizations including Boy Scout Troop 74 and the Rotary Club. He was an active member of the congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church, serving the church throughout his years there as an elder and on many committees, including the building committee, finance committee and others.

Jim was rarely idle and spent many happy hours tinkering in his woodworking shop, fishing for the elusive “big one” and working on projects around the house. He was an avid sailor, and to ensure he would always have sailing buddies, he persuaded his friends into building a fleet of El Toro sailboats in his garage. He then proudly sailed his beautifully crafted wooden boat in regattas around the country. Jim also was a talented photographer who greatly enjoyed perfecting his craft and traveling the world to shoot photographs that he would then develop and print in his own darkroom. Many of his photos won awards at juried shows in Kansas and elsewhere.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Alzheimer’s Association through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.  

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